Posted February 2nd, 2005, 11:17 AM
My wife and I went on our very first cruise on the Imagination
last fall. We had a great time, even though the seas were very rough the second night. We had early seating in the Spirit dining room, which worked out very nicely.
Things to consider:
Attend the super shopper seminars. They give away some decent door prizes, and are fairly entertaining if you've never been to one before.
Attend the shore excursion seminars, especially if you do not attend the super shopper seminars. They will tell you interesting and possibly important things about your destinations-- in between sales pitches for the excursions, of course.
Avoid the art auctions, unless you're just looking to get some free champagne. The art is nice, but not a great value.
Don't waste your time at the "free liqour tasting" outside the lounge the first night, unless you intend to take them up on some of the drink specials.
Do attend the captain's cocktail party. Try to carry a couple of dollars with you to tip the cocktail waitress. Also, if she isn't carrying anything that you like, don't be afraid to follow her back to the bar and order a drink there-- those are complimentary as well. Even if you don't drink, it's nice to see the ships officers, the hors d`oevres are decent and the music isn't unpleasant.
Try to eat in the dining room every night. Your wait staff will take very good care of you. Strongly consider the headwaiter's recommendations. Also, if you do not like something, feel free to ask for something else. If you get bad service, ask to speak to the maitre`d. He'll make everything better.
Buy something sweet in the gourmet coffee bar. It's worth it.
On the next-to-last day, the spa offers $1/minute massages. Treat yourself to one, you won't regret it, but book it soon after the special is announced-- space is limited.
Major sporting events are shown on the jumbotron screen on the lido deck and in the bar above the Spirit dining room. We watched the last couple of World Series games on the ESPN-Spanish feed.
Network television will be piped to the rooms when a signal is available. Three or four fairly new films will be shown on your television as well, but they will be edited for language and some content, so you might be better off skipping them unless there's nothing else to do!
I'll write more later if I can... gotta get back to work before they notice I'm devoting more attention to Cruise Critic